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Kotka
Town
Coat of arms of Kotka
Coat of arms
Location of Kotka in Finland
Location of Kotka in Finland
Country Finland
Region Kymenlaakso
Sub-region Kotka-Hamina sub-region
Charter 1879
Area (2009)
 • Total 949.75 km2 (366.70 sq mi)
 • Land 271.3 km2 (104.7 sq mi)
 • Water 678.45 km2 (261.95 sq mi)
Area rank 116th largest in Finland
Population (2013)
 • Total 54,849
 • Rank 15th largest in Finland
 • Density 202.17/km2 (523.6/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website www.kotka.fi

Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland. Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland.

The city centre of Kotka is located at Kotkansaari island. The municipality officially speaks Finnish.

The Port of Kotka is a major Finnish sea port that serves both the foreign trade of Finland and Russia.

Kotka region was one of the first heavily industrialized regions of Finland. Paper and pulp mills of Kotkamills and Stora Enso still remain important employers. In the last decades several factories have undergone restructuring which has led to an increasing unemployment. Since the 1980s the population of Kotka has been slowly decreasing, mostly due to domestic migration to Helsinki region.

The local football team is KTP. Founded in 1927, KTP has long, and successful football history. Currently the club plays in the Finnish second league Ykkönen.

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